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TV Seasons

1957

1957/58 – Gunsmoke was #1 on CBS Saturday.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1957 season; The Life Of Riley was cancelled in the sixth season.

Alternate Series:

The Jack Benny Show and Bachelor Father were on CBS Sunday at 7:30 PM.

The Brothers and Bachelor Father were on CBS Sunday at 7:30 PM during the summer.

Cheyenne and Sugarfoot were on ABC Tuesday at 7:30 PM.

The George Gobel Show and The Eddie Fisher Show were on NBC Tuesday at 8 PM.

Armstrong Circle Theatre & The U.S. Steel Hour was on CBS Wednesday at 10 PM.

Club Oasis and The Polly Bergen Show were on NBC Saturday at 9 PM.

Club Oasis and Opening Night were on NBC Saturday at 10:30 PM for the summer.

Anniversary:

Arthur Godfrey & His Friends celebrated ten years on CBS.

Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts celebrated ten years on CBS.

The Jane Wyman Show celebrated ten years on NBC.

The Perry Como Show celebrated ten years on TV.

Studio One celebrated ten years on CBS; it was their last season.

Biggest New Hit: Have Gun, Will Travel was #4 on CBS Saturday. CBS had the one two punch with the two biggest westerns on TV. Gunsmoke and Have Gun, Will Travel became the new sheriffs on Saturday. They shot down any competition they faced. The victims were Mike Wallace Interviews, The Gisele Mackenzie Show, What's It For, Sammy Kaye's Music from Manhattan, Cimarron City, Jubilee U.S.A., Five Fingers, Nation's Future and others throughout the years. From 1958–1961, the top three was Gunsmoke, Wagon Train and Have Gun, Will Travel.

Daytime: The Buccaneers was on ABC Monday afternoons from September 1957–September 1958.

Movies 2 TV: How To Marry A Millionaire was based on the 1953 Marilyn Monroe movie.

Name Change:

Club Oasis to Club Oasis Starring Spike Jones

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show to The Dinah Shore Show

Meet McGraw to The Adventures Of McGraw

National Bowling Champions to Bowling Stars

Ozark Jubilee to Country Music Jubilee

The Vice to Saber Of London

Harbourmaster to Adventures At Scott Island

Original Run:

Have Gun, Will Travel was on CBS Saturday at 9:30 PM.

Zorro was on ABC Thursday at 8 PM for two seasons.

Radio: Have Gun, Will Travel was on CBS from 1958–1960.

Reruns:

CBS aired Air Power reruns in the summer.

CBS aired The Brothers reruns in the summer.

CBS aired The Search reruns in the summer.

NBC aired The Joseph Cotten Show reruns in the summer.

NBC aired Noah's Ark reruns in the summer.

Frontier Justice shown reruns of Zane Grey Theater episodes for the summer on CBS.

Johnson's Wax Theatre shown reruns of Schlitz Playhouse episodes for the summer on CBS.

Opening Night shown reruns of the ABC series, Ford Theatre.

Personal Appearance shown reruns of Schlitz Playhouse and Screen Director's Playhouse.

Spotlight Playhouse shown reruns of The Loretta Young Show. Anita Louis was the host for the summer.

Undercurrent shown reruns of NBC's The Web.

The Return:

NBC revived Colgate Theatre was a summer series in 1958. This version was rejected pilots for the fall.

Frank Sinatra returned to ABC after a seven–year absence. Both of his shows flopped big time on CBS and ABC. Other big time singers like Perry Como and Dinah Shore had hit TV shows. Why not, Frank Sinatra?

Famous Fights returned to ABC after a five–year absence. It was previously on DUM in 1952.

NBC revived Comment in January 1958. It was last seen in 1954.

NBC revived Truth Or Consequences in December 1957.

Summer Replacement:

The Bob Crosby Show replaced The Perry Como Show for the summer.

The Chevy Show replaced The Dinah Shore Chevy Show for the summer.

Decision replaced The Loretta Young Show for the summer.

Destiny replace Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater for the summer.

Frontier Justice replaced December Bride for the summer.

Personal Appearance replaced Person To Person for the summer.

The Steve Lawrence–Eydie Gorme Show replaced The Steve Allen Show for the summer.

Undercurrent replaced The Lineup for the summer.

Switch Networks:

Armstrong Circle Theatre went from NBC to CBS.

The Danny Thomas Show went from ABC to CBS.

Harbourmaster went from CBS to ABC.

My Friend Flicka went from CBS to NBC.

Telephone Time went from CBS to ABC.

Treasure Hunt went from ABC to NBC.

West Point Story went from CBS to ABC.

Tidbits:

Goodyear TV Playhouse was no longer broadcast LIVE. It was LIVE for the first six years.

The Trackdown episodes were adapted from real cases from The Texas Rangers.

The CBS version of Twilight Playhouse aired reruns of films from Schlitz Playhouse Of Stars.

ABC paid Frank Sinatra $3 million to have him on their network. Actually, it was a bad investment; it ran second/third in the time period. The only good thing to come out was the professional debut of his seventeen daughter, Nancy Sinatra.

Tombstone Territory left ABC after a year for a sale in syndication. Sadly, there were no takers. ABC took it back in March 1959 for a few months.

Michael Landon was in a 1956 Jim Bowie episode.

Betty White starred in Date with the Angels.

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, real husband and wife, hosted their own musical variety show, The Steve Lawrence–Eydie Gorme Show.

The Circus Boy, Mickey Braddock later became a Monkee in 1966, using his real last name, Dolenz.

Tales Of E.S.P. replaced E.S.P. after three weeks. Vincent Price hosted both series.

Warner Brothers Studios had some trouble with the Colt. 45 star, Wayde Preston, just like James Garner and Clint Walker. Donald May replaced him on Colt .45 in the last season.

A Turn Of Fate was the umbrella title for Alcoa Theatre and Goodyear TV Playhouse; the fate was finished in February 1958.

There were twenty filmed dramas and twenty LIVE dramas on Suspicion. Alfred Hitchcock produced half of the filmed dramas. He already had his own show on CBS.

The Betty White Show took over Betty White's former time slot of Date With The Angels.

Robert Serling and Anne Jeffreys, real married couple, starred together in a series, Love That Jill.

The Grey Ghost was originally for CBS, but some sponsors backed out. Therefore, CBS syndicated the series to local stations.

 

1957/58 Fall Season

One Season (1957/58)

Alcoa Theatre – 1957–1950, NBC, dramatic anthology, Jack Lemmon

Bachelor Father – 1957–1959, CBS; 1959–1961, NBC; 1961/62, ABC, comedy, John Forsythe

The Californians – 1957–1959, NBC, western, Sean McClory

Colt .45 – 1957–1960, ABC; western, Wayde Preston

The Eddie Fisher Show – 1957–1959, NBC, musical variety, Eddie Fisher, George Gobel

Have Gun, Will Travel – 1957–1963, CBS, western, Richard Boone

Leave It To Beaver – 1957/58, CBS; 1958–1963, ABC, comedy, Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont

M Squad – 1957–1960, NBC, police drama, Lee Marvin

Maverick – 1957–1962, ABC, western, James Garner

The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom – 1957–1960, ABC, musical variety, Pat Boone

Perry Mason – 1957–1966, CBS, drama, Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale

The Price Is Right – 1957–1963, NBC; 1963/64, ABC, game, Bill Cullen

The Real McCoys – 1957–1962, ABC; 1962/63, CBS, comedy, Walter Brennan

The Restless Gun – 1957–1959, NBC, western, John Payne

Saber Of London – 1957–1960, NBC, detective drama,

Sugarfoot – 1957–1961, ABC, western, Will Hutchins

The Thin Man - 1957–1959, NBC; detective/comedy, Peter Lawford

Tic Tac Dough - 1957–1959, NBC; quiz, Jay Jackson

Tombstone Territory – 1957/58, March/October 1959, ABC, western, Pat Conway

Trackdown – 1957–1959, CBS, western, Robert Culp

Wagon Train – 1957–1962, NBC; 1962 – 1965, ABC, western, Ward Bond

Zorro – 1957–1959, ABC, western, Guy Williams

 

Cancelled TV shows

American Bandstand – ABC, music, Dick Clark

Assignment Foreign Legion – CBS, adventure anthology, Merle Oberon

The Big Record – CBS, music, LIVE, Patti Page

Club Oasis – NBC, variety, Spike Jones

The Court of Last Resort – NBC, crime drama, Paul Birch

Dick and the Duchess – CBS, comedy/adventure, Patrick O’Neal

The Eve Arden Show – CBS, comedy, Eve Arden

The Frank Sinatra Show – ABC, variety/drama, Frank Sinatra

The Gisele MacKenzie Show – NBC, musical variety, Gisele MacKenzie

The Guy Mitchell Show – ABC, musical variety, Guy Mitchell

Harbourmaster – CBS, adventure, Barry Sullivan

Keep It in the Family – ABC, game, Keefe Brasselle

The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney – NBC, musical variety, Rosemary Clooney

O.S.S. – ABC, war drama, Ron Randell

The Patrice Munsel Show – ABC, musical variety, Patrice Munsel

The Polly Bergen Show – NBC, musical variety, Polly Bergen

Sally – NBC, comedy, Joan Caulfield, Gale Gordon

Suspicion – NBC, suspense anthology, LIVE, Dennis O'Keefe

Walter Winchell File – ABC, crime anthology, Walter Winchell

What's It For – NBC, quiz, Hal March

 

22 out of 42 new series SURVIVED for 1958/59

ABC – 7/14, Colt .45, Maverick, The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom, The Real McCoys, Sugarfoot, Tombstone Territory & Zorro

CBS – 5/10, Bachelor Father, Have Gun, Will Travel, Leave It To Beaver, Perry Mason & Trackdown

NBC – 10/18, Alcoa Theatre, The Californians, The Eddie Fisher Show, M Squad, The Price Is Right, The Restless Gun, Saber Of London, The Thin Man, Tic Tac Dough & Wagon

 

Mid season shows

Anybody Can Play – July–December 1958, ABC, game, George Fenneman

The Billy Graham Crusade – 1957–1959, ABC, religion

Buckskin – July 1958–1959, NBC, western, Tommy Nolan

Buick Action Theater – ABC, dramatic anthology

The Chevy Show – 1958–1959, NBC, musical variety, John Raitt

Confession – June 1958–1959, ABC, interview/discussion, Jack Wyatt

The Dick Clark Show – February 1958–1960, ABC, music, Dick Clark

Fight Beat – April 1958–1959, NBC, sports commentary, Bud Palmer

Frontier Justice – 1958, 1959, CBS, western anthology, Lew Ayres

It Could Be You – July 1958–1961, NBC, audience participation, Bill Leyden

Jefferson Drum – April 1958–1959, NBC, western, Jeff Richards

Keep Talking – July 1958–1959, CBS; 1959/60, ABC, quiz, Monty Hall

Outlook – December 1957–1959, NBC, news/documentary, Chet Huntley

Stars Of Jazz – April–November 1958, ABC, music, Bobby Troup

This Is Music – July 1958–1959, ABC; music LIVE, Colin Male

Traffic Court – June 1958–1959, ABC, courtroom drama, Edgar Allan Jones, Jr.

Twilight Theater – July 1958–1959, CBS, dramatic anthology

Your Neighbor The World – April 1958–1959, ABC, documentary

 

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

Adorn Playhouse – CBS, dramatic anthology, reruns

American Odyssey – ABC, documentary

Baseball Corner – ABC, sports discussion, Buddy Blattner

The Betty White Show – ABC, comedy/variety, Betty White

Bid 'N' Buy – CBS, quiz, Bert Parks

The Big Game – NBC, quiz, Tom Kennedy

Blondie – NBC, comedy, Arthur Lake

The Bob Crosby Show – NBC, musical variety, Bob Crosby

The Boing Boing Show – CBS, cartoon, Bill Goodwin

Campaign Countdown – ABC, news analysis, Quincy Howe

Comment – NBC, public affairs

Decision – NBC, dramatic anthology

Dotto – NBC, quiz, Jack Narz

E.S.P. – ABC, audience participation, 3 episodes, Vincent Price

The End Of The Rainbow – NBC, audience participation, 6 episodes, Art Baker

Frigidaire Summer Theater – ABC, dramatic anthology, reruns

Haggis Baggis – NBC, quiz, Jack Linkletter

Holiday Handbook – ABC, travelogue

The Investigator – NBC, detective drama, LIVE, Lonny Chapman

Johnson's Wax Theatre – CBS, dramatic anthology

Love That Jill – ABC, comedy, Robert Serling, Anne Jeffreys

Make Me Laugh – ABC, audience participation, Robert Q. Lewis

The March Of Medicine – ABC, documentary, 4 episodes, Ben Grauer

Modern Science Theater – ABC, documentary

Music Bingo – NBC, quiz, Johnny Gilbert

NBC Sports Spot – NBC, sports commentary, 3 episodes, Red Barber

No Warning – NBC, dramatic anthology, Westbrook Van Voorhis

Opening Night – NBC, dramatic anthology, Arlene Dahl

Personal Appearance – CBS, dramatic anthology, reruns

Scotland Yards – ABC, police anthology, Edgar Lustgarten

Sid Caesar Invites You – ABC, comedy/variety, LIVE, Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca

Sing Along – CBS, music, LIVE, 6 episodes, Florence Henderson

The Steve Lawrence–Eydie Gorme Show – NBC, musical variety, Steve Lawrence

Tales Of E.S.P. – ABC, drama, 4 episodes, Vincent Price

Truth Or Consequences – NBC, quiz, Steve Dunne

Top Dollar – CBS, quiz, Toby Reed

Turning Point – NBC, dramatic anthology, reruns

The Verdict Is Yours – CBS, courtroom drama, Jim McKay

Win With A Winner – NBC, quiz, Sandy Elliot

Wingo – CBS, quiz, Bob Kennedy

 

Syndication

The Gray Ghost – syndication, adventure, Tod Andrews, Phil Chambers

Harbor Command – syndication, crime drama, Wendell Corey

How To Marry A Millionaire – 1957–1959, syndication, comedy, Barbara Eden

Man Without A Gun – 1957–1959, syndication, western, Rex Reason

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer – 1957–1959, syndication, detective drama, Darren McGavin

Sea Hunt – January 1958–1961, syndication, adventure, Lloyd Bridges

Target – syndication, dramatic anthology, Adolphe Menjou

26 Men – 1957–1959, syndication, western, Tris Coffin

 

Two Seasons (1956/57)

The Adventures of Jim Bowie – 1956–1958, ABC, western

Broken Arrow – 1956–1958, ABC, western

Circus Boy – 1956/57, NBC; 1957/58, ABC, adventure

Cowtown Rodeo – 1957, 1958, ABC, rodeo

Date with the Angels – May 1957–1958, ABC, comedy

Destiny – 1957, 1958, CBS, dramatic anthology, reruns

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre – 1956–1961, CBS, western anthology

The Dinah Shore Show – 1956–1963, NBC, variety

Enterprise – July 1957–1958, ABC, documentary

Famous Fights – July/December 1957, ABC, sports

The Gale Storm Show – 1956–1959, CBS; 1959/60, ABC, comedy

The Last Word – June 1957–1958, CBS, informational/panel

Lawrence Welk's Top Tunes And New Talent – 1956–1959, ABC, talent

Meet McGraw – July 1957–1958, NBC, detective

Mike Wallace Interviews – April 1957–1958, ABC, interview

Mr. Adams and Eve – January 1957–1958, CBS, comedy

The Nat "King" Cole Show – 1956–1957, NBC, musical variety

The New Adventures Of Charlie Chan – June 1957–1958, syndication, mystery

Open Hearing – February 1957–1958, ABC, public affairs, LIVE

Playhouse 90 – 1956–1961, CBS, dramatic anthology

Richard Diamond, Private Detective – July 1957–1959, CBS; 1959/60, NBC, detective drama

The Sheriff Of Cochise – 1956–1960, syndication, police drama

The Silent Service – March 1957–1958, syndication, dramatic anthology

Sports Focus – June 1957–1958, ABC, sports news/commentary, LIVE

State Trooper – January 1957–1959, syndication, crime drama

Tales Of Wills Fargo – March 1957–1962, NBC, western

To Tell The Truth – December 1956–1967, CBS, game

Treasure Hunt – 1956/57, ABC; 1957/58, NBC, quiz

Twenty-One – 1956–1959, NBC, game

West Point Story – 1956/57, CBS; 1957/58, ABC, military anthology

The Whirlybirds – January 1957–1959, syndication, adventure

 

Three Seasons (1955/56)

The Adventures Of Robin Hood – 1955–1958, CBS, adventure

Alfred Hitchcock Presents – 1955–1960, CBS; 1960–1962, NBC; 1962–1964, CBS; 1964/65, NBC, suspense anthology

Bold Journey – July 1956–1959, ABC; travel documentary

Bowling Stars – April 1956–December 1957, ABC, sports

Cheyenne – 1955–1963, ABC, western

The Ford Show Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford – 1956–1961, NBC, musical variety

Gunsmoke – 1955–1975, CBS, western

Highway Patrol – 1955–1959, syndication, crime drama

The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp – 1955–1961, ABC, western

My Friend Flicka – February 1956–1957, CBS; 1957/58, NBC, adventure

Navy Log – 1955/56, CBS; 1956–1958, ABC, military anthology

The People's Choice – 1955–1958, NBC, comedy

The Phil Silvers Show – 1955–1959, CBS, comedy

Saber Of Love – December 1955–1957, ABC; 1957–1960, NBC, detective drama

Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon – 1955–1958, CBS, police drama

$64,000 Challenge – April 1956–1958, CBS, quiz

The Steve Allen Show – June 1956–1960, NBC, variety

Telephone Time – April 1956–1957, CBS; 1957/58, ABC, dramatic anthology

Wednesday Night Fights – 1955–1960, ABC, boxing

 

Four Seasons (1954/55)

The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin – 1954–1959, ABC, western

The Bob Cummings Show – January/September 1955, NBC; July 1955–1957, CBS; 1957–1959, NBC, comedy

Climax! – 1954–1958, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Country Music Jubilee – January 1955–1960, ABC, country music

December Bride – 1954–1959, CBS, comedy

Disneyland – 1954–1983, anthology

Father Knows Best – 1954/55, CBS; 1955–1958, NBC; 1958–1960, CBS

The George Gobel Show – 1954–1959, NBC; 1959/60, CBS, comedy variety

Lassie – 1954–1971, CBS; 1971–1974, Syndication, adventure

The Lawrence Welk Show – 1954–1971, ABC, music

The Lineup – 1954–1960, CBS, police drama

The Millionaire – January 1955–1960, CBS, dramatic anthology

People are Funny – 1954–1961, NBC, quiz

Shower Of Stars – 1954–1958, CBS, musical variety, LIVE

$64,000 Question – June 1955–1959, CBS, game

Spotlight – June 1955–1959, CBS, dramatic anthology

The Jack Paar Show – July 1957–1962, NBC, talk/variety

Undercurrent – July 1955–1958, CBS, dramatic anthology, reruns

 

Five Seasons (1953/54)

The Big Picture – 1953–1959, ABC, documentary

The Danny Thomas Show – 1953–1957, ABC; 1957–1965, CBS, comedy

The Loretta Young Show – 1953–1961, NBC, dramatic anthology

Midwestern Hayride – June 1954–1956, NBC; July 1957–1958, ABC; 1959, NBC, musical variety

Person to Person – 1953–1961, CBS, interview

Red Barber's Corner – 1953–1955, CBS; 1955–1958, NBC, sports commentary

U.S. Steel Hour – 1953–1955, ABC; 1955–1963, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE

 

Six Seasons (1952/53)

The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet – 1952–1966, ABC, comedy

The Adventures Of Superman – 1952–1958, syndication, adventure

Death Valley Days – 1952–1975, syndication, western anthology

General Electric Theater – February 1953–1962, CBS, dramatic anthology

The Life Of Riley – January 1953–1958, NBC, comedy

Name That Tune – June 1953–1954, NBC; 1954 – 1959, CBS, game

This Is Your Life – 1952–1961, NBC, testimonial

 

Seven Seasons (1951/52)

Dragnet – January 1952–1959, NBC, police drama

Goodyear TV Playhouse 1951–1960, NBC, dramatic anthology

I Love Lucy reruns – 1957–1959, September 1961, CBS, comedy

I’ve Got A Secret – June 1952–1967, CBS, game

Masquerade Party – 1952, NBC; 1953, 1954, CBS; 1954–Fall 1956, ABC; 1957, NBC; 1958, CBS; 1958/59, NBC; October 1959–January 1960, CBS; Jan–Sept 1960, NBC, quiz/panel

The Red Skelton Show – 1951–1953, NBC; 1953–1970, CBS, 1970/71, NBC; variety

Schlitz Playhouse – 1951–1959, CBS, dramatic anthology

 

Eight Seasons (1950/51)

The Adventures Of Wild Bill Hickok – April 1951–1958, syndication, western

The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show – 1950–1958, CBS, comedy

The Jack Benny Show – 1950–1964, CBS; 1964/65, NBC, comedy

You Asked For It – December 1950–1952, DUM; 1951–1959, ABC, audience participation

You Bet Your Life – 1950–1961, NBC, quiz

 

Nine Seasons (1949/50)

Armstrong Circle Theatre – June 1950–1957, NBC; 1957–1963, CBS, dramatic anthology

Beat The Clock – March 1950–1958, CBS, quiz

Pantomime Quiz – July 1950–1951, CBS; Jan–March 1952, NBC; 1952/53, CBS; 1953/54, DUM; summer of 1954, CBS; Jan–March 1955, ABC; 1955–1957, CBS; 1958/59, ABC, quiz

The Voice of Firestone – 1949–1954, NBC; 1954–1959, ABC, music

What’s My Line? – February 1950–1967, CBS, game

Your Hit Parade – summer of 1950–1958, NBC; 1958/59, CBS, music

 

Ten seasons (1948/49)

Arthur Godfrey & His Friends – January 1949–1959, CBS, musical variety

Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts – 1948–1958, CBS, talent

The Jane Wyman Show – April 1949–1958, NBC, dramatic anthology

The Perry Como Show – 1948–1950, NBC; 1950–1955, CBS; 1955–1963, NBC, variety

Studio One – 1948–1958, CBS, dramatic anthology

 

Eleven seasons (1947/48)

The Ed Sullivan Show – June 1948–1971, CBS, variety

Meet The Press – November 1947–1965, NBC, interview

Original Amateur Hour – January 1948–1949, DUM; 1949–1954, NBC; 1955–1957, ABC; 1957/58, NBC; May 1959, CBS; March 1960, ABC, talent

 

Twelve seasons (1946/47)

Gillette Cavalcade Of Sports – 1946–1960, NBC, boxing

Kraft Television Theatre – May 1947–1958, NBC, dramatic anthology

 

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